Community clubs are cornerstones of community: PM Lee

“Community clubs (CCs) play a pivotal role. They are more than activity centres. They are hubs where residents meet, make friends, and bond. They are cornerstones of the community, so residents always have a home away from home,” said Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong at the official opening of the upgraded Teck Ghee Community Club.   

 A view of the upgraded Teck Ghee Community Club which was inaugurated by  Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of PM Lee
A view of the upgraded Teck Ghee Community Club which was inaugurated by Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of PM Lee

“They serve the needs of the community and provide a communal space for residents of all ages and backgrounds to gather. That’s why we have CCs in every HDB estate,” said PM Lee, who is also an MP from Ang Mo Kio GRC.

PM Lee received a jar of butter cookies from little bakers Chloe and Jervelle (centre), who looked very adept despite their young age. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of PM Lee
PM Lee received a jar of butter cookies from little bakers Chloe and Jervelle (centre), who looked very adept despite their young age. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of PM Lee

Notably, the 35-year-old CC in Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 was closed for a major facelift in 2016. It reopened in August last year with nearly 1,200 sqm more space added to its previous gross floor area of 4,809.40 sqm.

Teck Ghee Community Club also has a cosy corner for little ones to read. PM Lee stading in the middle of a kidsREAD session. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of PM Lee
Teck Ghee Community Club also has a cosy corner for little ones to read. PM Lee stading in the middle of a kidsREAD session. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of PM Lee

Speaking at the inauguration, PM Lee further said, “(Teck Ghee CC) has been a very popular and well-used CC, but we had more and more activities and we needed more space. We didn’t have enough space and we couldn’t accommodate all the activities we wanted to start here. So, when we had the opportunity to upgrade, we decided to do that.”

He also observed that the needs of the community have also evolved with the changing demographics of Teck Ghee over the years, and with more young families moving into new Build-to-Order flats.

The upgraded culinary studio at Teck Ghee Community Club has new and improved facilities for cooking enthusiasts. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of PM Lee
The upgraded culinary studio at Teck Ghee Community Club has new and improved facilities for cooking enthusiasts. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of PM Lee

Numerous facilities have been added to the four-storey community club such as a function room with outdoor space and a culinary studio, as well as a rooftop terrace where residents can participate in tai chi and wushu classes or enjoy an outdoor movie screening. 

The improvements were based on suggestions from residents. 

Noelene De Foe, chairman of Teck Ghee CC Management Committee said, “The community centre was upgraded to better meet the changing needs of residents. After the upgrading, we have also seen more interest groups forming.”

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